Attending to the Kosha Layers

Chances are you’ve attended a yoga class and felt the impact on multiple layers of your being. Perhaps your body feels more spacious, your breath more connected, and your mind more focused. You may also sense a wise and discerning clarity, and end class in that ‘bliss-like’ state. Yoga practice offers a deep sense of attunement for your Soma, your ‘living body’ as sensed from the inside-out.

Did you know that Yoga gives us a map for working with the layers of our being?

Enter the Kosha model. This model comes from the Taittiriya Upanishad, a verse in the ancient yogic text The Upanishads. Kosha is a Sanskrit word for ‘sheath’ or ‘covering’. When we are in alignment, there is minimal disturbance on these layers of our being:

  • Annamaya Kosha – Physical Body
  • Pranamaya Kosha – Energy Body
  • Manomaya Kosha – Mental Body
  • Vijanamaya Kosha – Wisdom Body
  • Anandamaya Kosha – Bliss Body

From a centered place, we can more readily see that we are much more connected than we may think. Each layer can be its own unique exploration. As you explore, you can apply specific antidote practices to soothe and settle the layers, or shift and shake the energy of that layer toward an aim of transformation.

Your awareness is the key to reducing any suffering. And it requires dedicated practice. If you’re looking for a gentle place to land in your body, mind, and soul, join us this month online as we explore the layers of our being through practice and meditation. Practicing Kosha awareness is like following a magnificent river back to its source, the Self.


I am passionate about sharing the interconnected nature of our mind and body, and so much more. I want to showcase our collective wisdom (our excellence!) by holding space for connection, so that we can all flourish in this community and beyond.

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Alison Zuba
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT)
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)
*be the light that lives deep inside you* 

Alison Zuba
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT)
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)
*be the light that lives deep inside you* 

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